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Indiana Jones Adventure At Disneyland & The World's Coolest Rides

Okay. I rode this ride many times over the years when I had a yearly pass to Disneyland, and it got me thinking tonight: what are the COOLEST rides you been on in the parks like Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Theme Park etc.?

This ride always stirred my imagination as it involved by love of the Indiana Jones movies, archaeology, a well-thought-out theme ride, and fun around every turn. Disney hit a Home Run with this ride, imho., and I always enjoyed standing in line and then getting to see vignettes of the life of archaeologists as we moved towards the entrance to the ride itself. The "Waiting Chamber" was unique all on its own as well!

Thinking WORLDWIDE, what are the rides that you have enjoyed the most? I'm not necessarily thinking of including roller coasters and the like, but more about attractions like this and things like The Hollywood Tower of Terror and Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey, that have backstories to the ride.

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Haunted Mansion is my favorite all around ride.

One of the few vivid memories I have of my childhood visits to Disney World was the original version of Figment. So even though the current version is not as good and I'm a 30-something adult, I usually ride that one. I also remember loving Back To The Future, and I'm sad it was gone before I had a chance to go back as an adult.

Of course Star Tours is great for a nerd like me. I could probably break that one down to my favorite scenes.
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I saw this from +Adamo Macri and I was INSTANTLY taken back to Prague, circa 1993. I ended up living there for seven glorious years, and I got to experience many surrealistic things there, including Kafka, puppetry, films by Jan Švankmajer, cool Czech literature. At that time, I also wrote a two-hour film called The Three Hats and it's a screenplay I am proud of. This #crowdfunding idea is cool and I'd love to see this be successful. Check it out - it is rather interesting!

After five long years of preparations, legendary Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer is almost ready to start filming his final feature film titled Insects, a misanthropic and surreal imagery echoing Kafka and the Čapek Brothers.

Jan Švankmajer (81) and his long-time producing partner Jaromír Kallista (77) are teaming up to make their last feature-length film.

A local pub in a small town. It’s Monday and the bar is closed, chairs are turned up on the tables. The pub is empty except for six amateur actors sitting in a corner. They've met to rehearse “The Insect Play” by the Čapek brothers. On a raised platform across the room we see a stage, set for Act II of the play. As the rehearsal progresses, the characters of the play are born and die with no regard to time. The actors slowly become one with them and some of them experience frightening transformations...
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I love Švankmajer's works! I feel he's criminally underrated.
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Met the band in the 80s and a few guys hung out at my house. Long story, but they met me at a hotel where I worked, I was a musician and singer and had a kickass drum machine, and we got to talking about music. So they came to my house one night.

They were in town to record with Jay King, who had the massive hit "Lean On Me." Good memories! Three of the originals are now deceased sadly, but their music will live on for all 80s lovers!
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Warner Brothers Pictures Started at a studio on Sunset Blvd. In Hollywood in 1918 and Incorporated in 1923

The company's name originates from the four founding Warner brothers (born Wonskolaser or Wonsal before Anglicization):] Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner.

Over the next month or so, I'll post about the "Big 6" in Hollywood, the major studios. Tonight, it's all about Warner Bros. Pictures, known for everything from Casablanca to My Fair Lady, Bonnie & Clyde, to the series of films with The Matrix, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight and almost every Clint Eastwood film you can imagine.

One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture and television studios in the world, Warner Bros. Studios began when the brothers Warner (Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack L.) incorporated their fledgling movie company on April 4, 1923. In 1927, the release of the world’s first “talkie,” (synchronized-sound feature film), The Jazz Singer, set a character and tone of innovation and influence that would become synonymous with the name Warner Bros. And—as Al Jolson foretold in this milestone movie—“you ain’t heard nothin’ yet!”

Since those early days, Warner Bros. Studios has amassed long-term creative relationships with many of the world’s leading talent, and an unwavering dedication to excellence.

Today, the vast Warner Bros. library, one of the most prestigious and valuable in the world, consists of more than 79,000 hours of programming, including nearly 7,500 feature films and 4,500 television programs comprised of tens of thousands of individual episodes.

In books chronicling the American film industry, the brothers are all legendary, especially the flamboyant showman Jack L. Warner. Pioneers in their own right, the Warners brought sound to movies, introduced the first “four-legged star,” revitalized the movie musical, created the gangster-picture era, and produced a number of socially significant films that evoked national awareness about growing problems of their times.

In 1903, the brothers began in the film business as traveling exhibitors, moving throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania with their portable projector. One of the first pictures they showed was Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery, the first motion picture to tell a definite story. By 1907, they were operating from a converted store in New Castle, Pennsylvania, which they named the Cascade Theatre. With Albert and Harry selling tickets, Sam ran the hand-crank projector while Jack sang “illustrated” songs during the intermissions to sister Rose's piano accompaniment. Within the year, they had opened two more theaters in New Castle.

By 1908, the Warners had acquired 200 film titles, distributing films throughout western Pennsylvania (as the Duquesne Film Exchange) and, later, opened new exchanges in Norfolk, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia. Realizing, however, that the large profits from movies would come not just from distribution and exhibition, but also from production, the Warners moved to California and established a small production base at 18th and Main Streets in Culver City.

Their first full-scale picture, My Four Years in Germany, based on the best-selling book by America's ambassador to the court of Kaiser Wilhelm, premiered in 1918 and grossed an amazing (for that time) $1.5 million.

Later that year, the Warner brothers purchased property at 5842 Sunset Boulevard for $25,000, and the Warner Bros. West Coast Studios was born. With Harry as president and Albert as treasurer, guiding the company's finances, Sam and Jack focused on production, incorporating their new movie studio on April 4, 1923.

Their projects included The Beautiful and Damned(, which employed a young writer named F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapting his novel for the screen. In 1924, they created the world's first “four-legged superstar,” *Rin Tin Tin, who would become known to the Warners as “the mortgage lifter” for his box-office reliability. At the other end of the artistic spectrum, the Warners could proudly point to Beau Brummel, starring a handsome young John Barrymore. They also enjoyed an alliance with director Ernst Lubitsch, whose _The Marriage Circle and Kiss Me Again brought the Studio much critical acclaim.

And although Warner Bros. was now established as a complete film company, showcasing both successful commercial and artistic properties, it lacked company-owned theaters and thus struggled to compete in the Hollywood community.

In May 1925, Sam and Harry heard the first faint sounds of “talking pictures” in the New York offices of Bell Laboratories' parent company, Western Electric. Sam, self-taught in mechanics, instantly recognized the groundbreaking potential of this new technology and immediately installed the new sound equipment in their just-acquired Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn.

On October 6, 1927, Warner Bros. Pictures released The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, and a whole new era began, with “pictures that talked,” bringing the Studio to the forefront of the film industry. The Jazz Singer played to standing-room-only crowds throughout the country and earned a special Academy Award for technical achievement.

However, Sam Warner paid for his family’s triumphant achievement with his life—dying of sheer exhaustion the day before the movie premiered. The Warners went on to quickly produce the first “all-talking” movie and their first “talking” gangster film, The Lights of New York. By late 1928, the rush for sound was on, with the Warners well out in front.

In 1928, the brothers bought The Stanley Company of America for its theater chain, which included one-third ownership of First National Pictures. Later that year, they purchased the rest of First National, acquiring a newly built studio in Burbank (in California’s San Fernando Valley, which today remains the home of Warner Bros. Studios). The Warners invested heavily into converting the new studio into the finest movie sound facility in the world. Stages were soundproofed, and underground conduits linked each stage with a special state-of-the-art sound building where recording could take place under exacting laboratory conditions.

The Studio’s “contract players” became some of the greatest stars of all time: Bette Davis, James Cagney, Paul Muni, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Errol Flynn, among others. Behind the camera were Hal Wallis, Darryl F. Zanuck, Busby Berkeley, Michael Curtiz, William Wellman, Howard Hawks and Mervyn LeRoy, to name just a few.

Among the major films produced during the 1930s were The Petrified Forest (Bette Davis, Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart), Little Caesar (Edward G. Robinson) and The Public Enemy (James Cagney)—the latter two ushering in a “neo-realistic” approach to film storytelling and the trend toward “tough-guy” movies.

With Darryl F. Zanuck as Jack Warner's production chief, director Mervyn LeRoy made I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, a film that led to prison reform. Black Legion (dealing with the Ku Klux Klan), Black Fury (about the mistreatment of coal miners) and They Won't Forget (about prejudice and lynching in the Deep South) were all fact-based, hard-hitting exposés reflecting America’s social problems.

The company also produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by the great Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle, Busby Berkeley's 42nd Street, and many lavish Errol Flynn swashbucklers. These were intermixed with classic filmed biographies on the lives of Benjamin Disraeli, Louis Pasteur, Benito Juarez and Émile Zola, the latter earning the Studio its first Oscar for Best Picture in 1937. The ‘30s also marked the beginning of the now-classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.

Releasing some 40 pictures a year in the 1940s, the Studio produced such classics as The Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York, King's Row, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Casablanca (the Studio’s second Best Picture Oscar), Mildred Pierce, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Johnny Belinda.

The 1950s brought A Streetcar Named Desire, House of Wax (in 3-D), A Star Is Born, The High and the Mighty, Dial ‘M’ for Murder, Mister Roberts, Hondo, Moby Dick, The Bad Seed, The Searchers, Sayonara, Marjorie Morningstar, Auntie Mame, The Nun's Story and the three films which made James Dean a legend: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant.

During the 1960s, Warner Bros. Pictures released such notable films as Ocean’s Eleven, Splendor in the Grass, Gypsy, The Music Man, My Fair Lady (the Studio’s third Best Picture Oscar), The Great Race, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Bonnie and Clyde, Camelot, Cool Hand Luke and The Wild Bunch. On the television side, Warner Bros. Television debuted such hits as F Troop and The FBI. In 1967, an aging Jack Warner sold the Studio to Elliot and Ken Hyman, and it was renamed Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. In November of the same year, Albert Warner died at the age of 83.

Seven Arts’ association with the Studio was short-lived. In November 1969, Steve Ross and his Kinney Corporation purchased the company, and it became Warner Communications, Inc. Ross had also purchased DC Comics (and its classic characters) in 1968 and Ted Ashley’s talent agency, Ashley Famous Agency in 1967. DC Comics was folded into WCI, while Ashley Famous was spun off to avoid conflicts of interest. Ted Ashley stayed on board as Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros., who with the help of Frank Wells and John Calley, ushered the Studio into the next decade.

The 1970s saw the release of such landmark films as Woodstock, A Clockwork Orange, Klute, Dirty Harry, What's Up, Doc?, The Exorcist, Blazing Saddles, Mame, Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon, All the President's Men, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Oh, God!, The Goodbye Girl, a remake of A Star Is Born and Superman. And, in the television arena, such hits as Kung Fu, Harry O, Alice, Chico and the Man, Wonder Woman, Welcome Back, Kotter and The Dukes of Hazzard made their debuts.

The ‘70s also saw the rise of a new genre of television programming—the miniseries—in which the Studio established an almost unequaled record of excellence from the start. The incomparable David L. Wolper began his exclusive agreement with Warner Bros. in 1976 and went on to produce some of television's most-watched and most-honored productions, including Roots, Roots: The Next Generation, The Thorn Birds, North & South and Alex Haley's Queen. In 1978 Jack Warner died—the same year that the studio he had co-founded showed record profits.

Beginning in December of 1980, under the new leadership of Robert A. Daly and Terry Semel, Warner Bros. made artistic and box-office history with such films as the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire, The Right Stuff, The Killing Fields, The Color Purple, The Mission, The Accidental Tourist, Dangerous Liaisons, the Police Academy films, Arthur, Private Benjamin, The World According to Garp, the National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Empire of the Sun, Full Metal Jacket, The Witches of Eastwick, Stand and Deliver and Bird, as well as such worldwide phenomena as Superman II, Superman III, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2 and _Batman (which spawned one of the most lucrative franchises in movie history and the establishment of Warner Bros. Consumer Products).

In the ‘80s, Warner Bros. Television launched some of its most-popular and most-acclaimed programming ever, including Murphy Brown, Life Goes On, China Beach, Growing Pains, Spenser: For Hire, Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Head of the Class.

In 1989, Warner Bros. initiated its strategy of growing a market for its films by building state-of-the-art multiplex theaters in underserved territories overseas, operating them until they are mature businesses and then moving onto new frontiers. The first of these ventures was in Australia.

That same year, Warner Communications, Inc. acquired entertainment powerhouse Lorimar Telepictures, one of the most prolific and highly regarded production companies of the day. Putting the rich Lorimar library under the extraordinary Warner Bros. Studios umbrella secured Warner Bros.’ place as the leader in both feature films and television.

Beginning with its multi-Emmy Award-winning series The Waltons, Lorimar had built a tradition of quality and innovative programming. The company not only introduced television's first miniseries, The Blue Knight, in 1972, but also presented the first primetime serial and forebear of primetime soap operas, Dallas. Along with Dallas, Lorimar produced a number of notable series, including Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, Eight is Enough, Full House, The Hogan Family, Perfect Strangers, Step by Step_ and Family Matters.

The 1990s was a seminal decade for the Studio, starting with the 1990 merger of Warner Communications, Inc. and Time Inc. to form Time Warner, Inc., one of the world’s largest communications and entertainment companies. Other important milestones include: the Studio’s creation and utilization of a unique film co-financing and worldwide distribution business model; the revitalization of Warner Bros. Animation with the animated television series Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures (1991); the opening of Warner Bros.’ first international theme park (Movie World in Australia, 1991); the consolidation of Warner Bros. Television and Lorimar Television (1993); the debut of such megahits as ER, Friends and The Drew Carey Show (1994, 1994 and 1995, respectively); the launch of the company’s first, and the country’s fifth, national television network, The WB (1995); becoming a dominant force in the production and worldwide distribution of first-run syndicated programming; taking over of the management of the Turner library (1996); becoming an early adopter of the Internet as a promotional tool and outlet for original content; and leading the development and the launch of the revolutionary DVD format.

At the box office in the 1990s, Warner Bros. Pictures continued to break records and earn critical raves around the world. The decade got off to a great start as Driving Miss Daisy won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay for 1989. Best Picture Oscar nominations followed for GoodFellas (1990) and JFK (1991). Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven (1992) garnered four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing), followed by an Oscar nomination for The Fugitive (1993). The Studio made history in 1999 when, for the first time, its domestic box office surpassed the $1 billion mark and for the third time in the 1990s, it passed $1 billion internationally. The Matrix, alone, took in some $460 million at the worldwide box office, breaking Warner Bros. Pictures’ worldwide revenue record and creating an extraordinary new brand for the Studio.

On October 4, 1999, 28-year-Warner Bros. veteran Barry Meyer and Castle Rock Entertainment’s Alan Horn took over the reins of Warner Bros. (as Chairman & CEO and President & COO, respectively) from Daly and Semel, marking the end to one of the most enduring and successful partnerships in the history of the entertainment industry and the beginning of a new, record-breaking era of profitability in the history of the Studio.

The year 2000 brought the Studio continued success with such films as The Perfect Storm, Space Cowboys and Castle Rock’s Miss Congeniality.

In 2001, Warner Bros. Pictures shattered every one of its own box office records and several industry records thanks to the beginning of the Harry Potter phenomenon (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Ocean’s 11, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Cats & Dogs and, internationally, Miss Congeniality. Domestic box office reached $1.23 billion, and international box office soared to $1.34 billion. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone took in a worldwide box office of $973.6 million, and became the Studio’s highest-grossing film and the industry’s third-highest grossing film of all time in worldwide box office.

The second Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which became the fourth-highest grossing film internationally of all time), Scooby-Doo, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Insomnia, A Walk to Remember and Two Weeks Notice made 2002 another record-breaking year for Warner Bros. Pictures, with box office receipts surpassing the $1 billion mark for the third time domestically and the fifth time internationally. Warner Bros. Pictures’ $1.6 billion in international receipts led all studios and was both a new record for Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as the second-highest gross ever from a major studio...

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Star Wars Opened On 25 May 1977

Remember where you were the day a big historical event happened? How about the release of one of the most popular films of all time? I do. I stood in line to see Star Wars on opening day, and Hollywood (and our geek lives) were never the same again...

I wrote about this a while back in a post I called: Star Wars Redux.

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Thinking back to standing in that line on opening day. The line for the first showing must have been a mile long.

For the later generations, you really have no idea how mind blowing Star Wars was. We didn't have blockbusters back then. Well, Jaws was kind of the first blockbuster the year before. But for this sci-fi film, there was no precedent. Every time we saw a preview in the months leading up to the May 25, 1977 release date -- audiences went nuts. As kids, we knew, with every fiber of our being, that we were going to see something spectacular; something we'd never seen before. And we did.

I remember that first audience in Sacramento, under that big dome. In the first seconds, when the theme music started playing, the whole theater erupted in applause. It was crazy. Honestly, it felt like we were living through history! The applause again at the end of the movie was deafening, and we did what I think the entire audience did: we went to stand in that long line again to see this otherworldly movie one more time that day. Man, what a day!

#starwarstuesday #starwars #sw #blockbuster #movie #syufytheaters #sacramento #flashback #may25th   #starwarsopeningday   #graumanschinesetheatre  

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+Sean Cowen Not that I paid for every showing... LOL (9-year-olds are easy for the theater-cleaning people to overlook.) NOTE to George Lucas: I owe you about $45.
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For kids, your bicycle was your classic car. It was the car you drag raced in. It told everyone who you were and what you loved. It was kid's status symbol, to be blunt.

Do you remember the coolest bicycle you had?

As kids of the 70s, we never had a Dragster, or a Sting-Ray! Or even the Raleigh Chopper. We had typical Schwinn bikes (read: boring). But we didn't complain; we knew our young parents did their best, and they raised us right. We lived right outside Washington, D.C. and life was an adventure. To this day, I remember bike races with my brother down West Deer Park Lane in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

One time, our passions got the best of us, and as brothers are wont to do, we raced down the steep street. He had been needling me all week, and was being an obnoxious brat. So 2/3 of the way down, he, uh, had an accident. An accident that required stitches. And my parents made me stand there and feel his pain as he got twenty-some stitches. But you know what? It was worth it.

Brothers. Yeah, we have a lot of issues as kids, then we love the hell out of each other as adults.... (but I've never forgotten that classic race....) or how cool some of the bikes were that we didn't have...

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The Yellow Submarine, Recorded at Abbey Road Studios On 26 May 1966

There was always something so subversive in my mind about the film, and the music during this time. I was still quite young and didn't fully understand things like "counter-culture" or even what "subversive" meant. What do you think the song was about?

My parents always loved The Beatles, and played their music often in our house, so I learned to love them pretty quickly. Later, as a teen, I remember some stay-overs with friends from school where we played their music all weekend long. Yeah, I have deep roots with The Beatles...

1966, The Beatles recorded 'Yellow Submarine' at Abbey Road studios in London. Recovering from a case of food poisoning, producer George Martin missed this recording, EMI engineer Geoff Emerick worked on the session. The track features John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water, shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!"

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"Yellow Submarine" is a 1966 song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), with lead vocals by Ringo Starr. It was included on the Revolver (1966) album and issued as a single, coupled with "Eleanor Rigby". The single went to number one on every major British chart, remained at number one for four weeks, and charted for 13 weeks. It won an Ivor Novello Award "for the highest certified sales of any single issued in the UK in 1966". In the US, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the most successful Beatles song to feature Starr as lead vocalist.

It became the title song of the animated United Artists film, also called Yellow Submarine (1968), and the soundtrack album to the film, released as part of The Beatles' music catalogue. Although intended as a nonsense song for children, "Yellow Submarine" received various social and political interpretations at the time ; music journalist Peter Doggett wrote that the "culturally empty" song "became a kind of Rorschach test for radical minds."

The song's chorus was reappropriated by schoolchildren, sports fans, and striking workers in their own chants. At a Mobe protest in San Francisco, a yellow papier-mâché submarine made its way through the crowd, which Time magazine interpreted as a "symbol of the psychedelic set's desire for escape".

American poet Amiri Baraka criticized the song as an arrogant, solipsistic boast of White people's isolation from the real world. A reviewer for the _ P.O. Frisco wrote in 1966, "the Yellow Submarine may suggest, in the context of the Beatles' anti-Vietnam War statement in Tokyo this year, that the society over which Old Glory floats is as isolated and morally irresponsible as a nuclear submarine."

Writing for Esquire, Robert Christgau felt that the Beatles "want their meanings to be absorbed on an instinctual level" and wrote of the interpretations, "I can't believe that the Beatles indulge in the simplistic kind of symbolism that turns a yellow submarine into a Nembutal or a banana— it is just a yellow submarine, damn it, an obvious elaboration of John [Lennon]'s submarine fixation, first revealed in A Hard Day's Night."

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The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day, 26 May in 1897.

Think of books that gave you the chills; books you'd curl up with in front of a fireplace, maybe when you were a traveler at an inn in the dead of winter, or perhaps all alone in a your castle at night. Then think of "Dracula" and you'll instantly be transposed to another time. If you're considering read classic books in the horror genre, this is a good place to start.

A childhood invalid, Stoker grew up to become a football (soccer) star at Trinity College, Dublin. After graduation, he got a job in civil service at Dublin Castle, where he worked for the next 10 years while writing drama reviews for the Dublin Mail on the side. In this way, Stoker met the well-respected actor Sir Henry Irving, who hired him as his manager. Stoker stayed in the post for most of the next three decades, writing Irving’s voluminous correspondence for him and accompanying him on tours in the United States. Over the years, Stoker began writing a number of horror stories for magazines, and in 1890 he published his first novel, The Snake’s Pass.

Stoker would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it was his 1897 novel Dracula that eventually earned him literary fame and became known as a masterpiece of Victorian-era Gothic literature. Written in the form of diaries and journals of its main characters, Dracula is the story of a vampire who makes his way from Transylvania–a region of Eastern Europe now in Romania–to Yorkshire, England, and preys on innocents there to get the blood he needs to live. Stoker had originally named the vampire “Count Wampyr.” He found the name Dracula in a book on Wallachia and Moldavia written by retired diplomat William Wilkinson, which he borrowed from a Yorkshire public library during his family’s vacations there.

Vampires–who left their burial places at night to drink the blood of humans–were popular figures in folk tales from ancient times, but Stoker’s novel catapulted them into the mainstream of 20th-century literature. Upon its release, Dracula enjoyed moderate success, though when Stoker died in 1912 none of his obituaries even mentioned Dracula by name. Sales began to take off in the 1920s, when the novel was adapted for Broadway. Dracula mania kicked into even higher gear with Universal’s blockbuster 1931 film, directed by Tod Browning and starring the Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi. Dozens of vampire-themed movies, television shows and literature followed, though Lugosi, with his exotic accent, remains the quintessential Count Dracula. Late 20th-century examples of the vampire craze include the bestselling novels of American writer Anne Rice and the cult hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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The Night Sky

I'm a Night Owl, and always have been. Sometimes, I'll take a late night stroll outside and just stare at the stars. Here, on our farm, the closest lights are miles away (other than a bright one to illuminate the road), so the sky always flabbergasts me. The brightness of the stars is overwhelming most nights -- so beautiful. Sometimes, I'll walk towards the new barn or orchard, and just plop myself down on the grass, on my back, and stare up.

I always think of that Jodi Foster scene in Contact when I do. The one where she went on the journey and met the aliens, but later no one believed her. The scene where she was in the middle of the stars and kept commenting.... "So beautiful. So beautiful."

That's what I see when I look at the dark skies and see all these magnificent stars. It's at these times when I feel most alive, and at the same time, so lost about what it all means. We are so small next to galaxies and planets, and ... space.

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I've always wanted to see Aerosmith play live. Maybe more back in their "heyday" but honestly, when isn't it that for them? "America's Greatest Rock N' Roll Band" -- the "Bad Boys From Boston" have been together since 1971. Think about that - 45 years. Amazing. So I imagine it wouldn't matter if you saw them in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s or today - they would still burn up the stage. This photo from a few years back gives us an idea...

Any other Aerosmith fans here? People who love Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer?

Got a favorite song by them?

I'm betting there have been some legendary shows over the shows, and I'm betting further a few of you were there. Love this band!

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Paul McCartney In Red Square

2003, Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red Square on this day in music history, 24 May.

The songs I saw from the concert were awesome and I'm betting this was a very cool concert to attend. Putin was there in the audience. But the real story about this were how ordinary Russians were huge fans of The Beatles, and, of course, of Paul. When I lived in Prague I had heard Iron Curtain stories from Czech friends about how much the Bloc loved the Beatles, and I'm thinking this concert in Red Square was a huge deal.

No more bootlegs - they got the real thing!

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Hello everyone, I'm a new follower but I'm a die hard fan of music...I seen Paul in Anaheim Ca. when he sang Good day Sunshine for the Astronauts at the space 2005 of November..My husband and I took our 2 youngest daughters 11 and 13 at the time..My youngest was so overwhelmed that she insisted on meeting Paul, to no avail...but We were all so stoked at the concert and the multitude of Beatles Songs were so incredible. ..A Great Day in History...
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